Rose Ann M. Renteria

PH.D., Director of Research and Evaluation

Rose Ann is one of nine children raised in Mercedes, Texas.  Growing up while working hard as a seasonal migrant farm worker from 6th to 11th grade, Rose Ann was instilled with the importance of education as the key to moving out of poverty.  Her parents were very clear:  never forget where you come from; education should not be taken for granted; and, community service is a requirement.  While her mom was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, her father was active in Jaycees, Knights of Columbus and a member of the local school board.   Rose Ann has a photo of her father presenting her high school diploma and it is one of her most prized possessions.  Rose Ann knew that community services keeps us connected to each other; and, that education access for all ensures that we have the systematic support to be better off than the generations before us.

Dr. Renteria studied with scholars such as Drs. Gilbert Cardenas, Joe Feagin, Americo Paredes, and Luis Plascencia.  These were the faculty that shaped her knowledge of social research, cultural and racial experiences, power, and social movements.  She fully understands how education is a powerful resource against inequality and poverty.   At the master’s level, her research focused on families, poverty, and access to early childhood education programs, recommended policy reform for education systems.  At the doctoral level, she studied low-income Latinas and their educational hopes and dreams in the context of motherhood and personal responsibility to others.

Rose Ann has been involved in program evaluation for over 20 years. At PHILLIPS, she serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation, where she is responsible for developing evaluation reports, indicators, logic models, research, protocols, and processes to test and improve the success of special education and strengthening interventions for children, youth and families. Once told by a researcher “I don’t do work with students,” Dr. Renteria is on a mission to promote youth voice and perspectives, and to start creating parent, youth and community voices in special education research. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a MPA and BA in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

When not at PHILLIPS Rose Ann enjoys volunteering for scouts, her children’s school choirs, and at church.  Movies, music and spending time outdoors are favorite past times.